Research Analyst I

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Analyst I (RA) for a one-year, renewable appointment in its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The RA will assist senior researchers in implementing the research component of the Family Farming, Regional Markets and Cross border Trade corridors (FARM-TRAC) project in West Africa. The objectives of FARM-TRAC are i) to contribute to an improved knowledge of the functioning of trade in agricultural and food products  in West Africa, ii) ensure progress on the free movement of agricultural products in West Africa and iii) contribute to the formulation and implementation of regional policies and strategies for promoting trade in agricultural and food products.  This position is based in Dakar, Senegal. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in Senegal.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists with economic modeling and econometric analysis;
  • Perform various tasks involving data collection, documentation, and data cleaning of primary data and secondary data from various sources;
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of Policy Briefs, Discussion Papers, and Data Reports ;
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Economics, Statistics, or closely related field plus two years of relevant work experience or a master’s degree in one of the above fields
  • Experience with data analysis using various statistical software packages (STATA, R) and/or mathematical programming packages (GAMS)
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and data processing and analysis
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and effectively with colleagues from diverse cultures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in oral and written French
  • Familiarity with issues related to trade, poverty, food security, and agricultural or rural development in Africa.
  • Experience in management, including manipulation of large datasets;

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